Posted: 22/12/2011 at 22:17
Four years ago I bought some mistletoe seeds plus instructions on how to try and get them to grow on various trees and so we had a try and 'planted/introduced' 21 on the underside of the various branches.Over the years we have looked to see if anything had taken then yesterday I looked up into the large bramley apple tree and low and behold there were about 6 green leaves coming from the bare bark. I was excitedly suspicious! Binoculars confirmed a small cluster of mistletoe, no berries yet but a beautiful little sprig. I felt really excited and wrote this verse for a wassail I had previously written for the apple tree around the time I first introduced the berries. "Mistletoe in-the apple tree, wassail you and wassail me, here's to bird and man and fruit and all the health-y shoots." I've searched high and low in the other trees around the allotment but haven't spotted any other little sprigs.